Warner Business Books/Hardcover ISBN:0316919160 Hardcover 288 pages 5 x 7
LITTLE, BROWN Buy
Why are beer cans tapered on the ends? How many piano tuners are there in
the world? Why does a mirror reverse right and left instead of up and down?
For years, Microsoft and other high-tech companies have been posing
riddles and logic puzzles like these in their notoriously grueling job
interviews. Now "puzzle interviews" have become a hot new trend in
hiring. From Wall Street to Silicon Valley, employers are using tough and
tricky questions to gauge job candidates' intelligence, imagination, and
problem-solving ability-qualities needed to survive in today's
hypercompetitive global marketplace.
For the first time, William Poundstone reveals the toughest questions
used at Microsoft and other Fortune 500 companies—and supplies the
answers. He traces the rise and controversial fall of employer-mandated IQ
tests, the peculiar obsessions of Bill Gates (who plays jigsaw puzzles as a
competitive sport), the sadistic mind games of Wall Street (which reportedly
led one job seeker to smash a forty-third-story window), and the bizarre
excesses of today's hiring managers (who may start off your interview with a
box of Legos or a game of virtual Russian roulette).
How Would You Move Mount Fuji? is an indispensable book for anyone in
business. Managers seeking the most talented employees will learn to
incorporate puzzle interviews in their search for the top candidates. Job
seekers competing in today's tight market will discover how to tackle even
the most brain-busting questions, and gain the advantage that could win the
job of a lifetime.
And anyone who has ever dreamed of going up against the best minds in
business may discover that these puzzles are simply a lot of fun. Why are
beer cans tapered on the end, anyway?